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Dr Duane Williams

Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies
0151 291 3171
Arts and Humanities

Academic Interests:

My areas of academic interest include: Mystical Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Indic Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, and Poetics.

Academic Qualifications:

PhD Theology and Religious Studies (University of Kent, 2006).

MA (Distinction) Mysticism and Religious Experience (University of Kent, 1999).

BA (Hons) Philosophy with Theatre Studies (University of Wolverhampton, 1995).

Professional Associations:

Chief-Editor of Medieval Mystical Theology.

Trustee of The Eckhart Society.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Co-Facilitator of the Association for the Continental Philosophy of Religion.

Honorary Member of the Temenos Academy.

Member of the British Teilhard Association.

Member of the Mystical Theology Network.

Recent Publications:

Williams, Duane, Language and Being: Heidegger’s Linguistics (Bloomsbury Press, 2017)

Williams, Duane, ‘The Finger and the Moon: Language, Reality, and Interpretation in Zen Buddhism’, in, Buddhism and Linguistics: Theory and Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Williams, Duane, 'Eckhart's Why and Heidegger's What: Beyond Subjectivistic Thought to Groundless Ground', in, Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy (Routledge, 2017)

Williams, Duane, ‘Feminist Theology and Meister Eckhart’s Transgendered Metaphor’, in Feminist Theology, Vol. 24, No. 3, May 2016

Williams, Duane, 'Meister Eckhart's Christ and Medieval Biblical Exegesis', Medieval Mystical Theology, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2015.

Williams, Duane, 'The Why and What of Philosophy of Religion: Towards a New Hermeneutic Phenomenology for Pedagogical Practice, in Journal of Dharma: Religion and Rationality, Vol. 40, No. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2015, pp. 443-462

Williams, Duane, 'An Apology for Language', Temenos Academy Review, 17, 2014.

Williams, Duane, ‘Between the Apophatic and the Cataphatic: Heidegger’s Tautophatic Mystical Linguistics’, in Christian Mysticism and Incarnational Theology: Between Transcendence and Immanence (Ashgate, 2013).

Williams, Duane, The Linguistic Christ (Edwin Mellen Press, 2011). Foreword by, Dr. Mary Anne Perkins.

Williams, Duane, ‘Eckhart and the Varieties of Nothing’, in Medieval Mystical Theology, ISSN 2046-5726, Vol. 20,  2011.

Williams, Duane, ‘Where a Silence is Said: The Ambiguities of Apophaticism’, in Skepsi, ISSN 1758-2679, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2009.

Forthcoming Publications:

Williams, Duane, ‘Prisons of Law and Brothels of Religion: William Blake’s Christian Anarchism’, in Essays in Anarchism and Religion, Vol. 2 (Stockholm University Press, 2018).

Williams, Duane, 'Eternity Glimpsed and Time Regained: Marcel Proust's Geological Time', in, Modern Time (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Invited Speaker and Conference Papers:

‘Accounts of Time in Martin Heidegger and Jiddu Krishnamurti’ (Time on a Human Scale: Modernity and the Present in Europe, 1870-1930, Durham University, 2016)

'Meister Eckhart on Prayer' (Creative and Progressive Prayer, St. Brides Church, Liverpool, April 2016)

'The Why and What of Philosophy of Religion: Towards a New Methodology for Pedagogical Practice' (Interface Between the Secular and Sacred Conference, Christ's University, Bangalore, India, 2015).

‘The Finger and the Moon: Language, Reality and Interpretation in Zen Buddhism’ (Buddhism and Linguistics Colloquium 2014)

‘Meister Eckhart’s Christ and Medieval Biblical Exegesis’ (The Eckhart Society Conference 2014)

‘Eckhart’s Why and Heidegger’s What: Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy Beyond Subjectivistic Thought’ (Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Conference 2014)

'Aristotle, Heidegger and the Architectonic Structure of Language' (Forum for European Philosophy and the Royal Institute of Philosophy, 2013).

‘An Apology for Language’ (Temenos Academy, London, 2013).

‘Let Us Pray To God To Be Free Of God’ (The World Community for Christian Meditation, 2012).

 ‘The Visionary Imagination of William Blake’ (The Fintry Trust, 2012).

 ‘Poetic Madness and the Extinction of Personality’ (Daimonic Imagination and Uncanny Intelligence Conference, 2011).

‘Eckhart and the Varieties of Nothing’ (The Eckhart Society Conference, 2010).

‘The Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita’ (The British Wheel of Yoga, 2009).

‘The Negative Theology of Pseudo-Dionysius’ (South East Institute of Theological Education, 2009).

‘Teilhard De Chardin and the Scope of Vision’ (The British Teilhard Association, 2006).